The VIRS Program Fee is $415 for up to one year. The fee must be renewed after one year, if you would like to extend your research period. Your iMED fee is additional and not part of the VIRS program fee.
Occasionally, host faculty supervisors choose to pay this fee for the student. If this is the case, this should be noted on the VIRS Approval Form or the professor can contact Go Global to arrange payment.
Depending on the student’s academic level at his/her home institution, a VIRS student will be registered in VURS 499 (Undergraduate), VGRD 500 (Master) or VGRD 600 (Ph.D.), a non-credit, non-tuition bearing course code which denotes full-time studies in academic research.
A VIRS student will have access to the UBC Library, email services, Go Global services, and, on an urgent need basis, health/counseling services. Use of other services and facilities, including but not limited to athletics and transcripts ordering, can be accessed on a fee paying basis, as available.
Withdrawal or extension
Refund of the VIRS program fee can be given if a VIRS applicant’s withdrawal is due to either rejection of legitimate immigration document application or rejection of research funding application (e.g., government/institution grants/scholarships/awards).
If you would like to extend your VIRS registration, please contact Go Global. The fee must be renewed after one year, if you wish to extend your research period. If your extension increases the total length of your stay at UBC to more than 12 months, you will be charged the fee.